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U.S. President Barack Obama (R), flanked by Secretary of State John Kerry, delivers remarks to reporters at the top of a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington May 21, 2015.
22/05/2015 - Syria-US-Iraq

IS advance exposes cracks in US Middle East strategy

Islamic State militants inched closer on Friday to carving out a caliphate state, after seizing the last government-controlled border crossing between Syria and Iraq.
Steven Gerrard (left) is leaving Liverpool after spending his entire senior career at the club. Raheem Sterling appears keen to leave Anfield after two seasons in the first team.
22/05/2015 - Football

Sterling's contract wrangle sours Stevie G's farewell

Raheem Sterling is one of English football's brightest talents after dazzling games for Brendan Rodgers' swashbuckling side that almost won the 2014 Premier League title.
Ruins of houses in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.
22/05/2015 - Palestine

The World Bank says Gaza’s economy is on the ‘verge of collapse’

Gaza’s economy is teetering on the verge of collapse, says a report released Friday by the World Bank.
Premier Bank is the second international bank to be launched in Mogadishu
22/05/2015 - Somalia

Somalia's new international bank brings more debit cards to war-torn country

A new international bank has been launched in Mogadishu, the latest sign of life in the city after more than two decades of civil war which engulfed its bright lights.

Jérémie Rénier as Captain Antarès Bonassieu in Clément Cogitore's The Wakhan Front selected for the Critics'  Week at Cannes
22/05/2015 - Cannes Film Festival 2015

Cannes Critics' Week loves Latin America, French entry still in running for first feature award

The 54th Semaine de la Critique, the Critics' Week parallel festival, awarded its prizes on Thursday evening ahead of the Director's Fortnight, the Queer Palm and the official competition this ...
French supermarkets must now donate unsold edible foods
22/05/2015 - France

French parliament votes to ban food waste in supermarkets

France’s parliament has voted to ban destruction of unsold food products in big supermarkets, requiring that edible goods be donated to charity or for use as animal feed or farming ...
22/05/2015 - Football

Hull City and Newcastle United face final day nerves in fight to stay in England's top flight

Hull City and Newcastle United go into their final games against Manchester United and West Ham United respectively knowing that their futures in the English Premier League are in jeopardy.

African press review 22 May 2015

The row over high heels at the Cannes Film Festival features in the African papers.

French press review 22 May 2015

Worries about treasures of the ancient world following the seizure of the Syrian city of Palmyra by Islamic State group jihadists feature in the French press, as does the failure of Washington's ...